Game Wrap-ups

Detroit Red Wings/NY Rangers Game Thoughts

Good night for the specialty teams!

Even if you put a giant asterisk on this one that it was against Detroit, this is how we want the Rangers to play and what we hope is going to come out of all of these prospects blossoming eventually. Creating a team that not only has a balanced attack, but hopefully can contend for a Stanley cup. Let’s get down to business with the thoughts shall we?

  • The story of the game was how Marc Staal was coming back into the lineup. While this was a highly questionable decision based on who came out–if we are going to be honest, Hajek or Skjei could have probably used a night off–Staal had a decent game for what we expect of him.
  • No one other than the Senators can out tank the Red Wings, holy smokes.
  • I REALLY wish one of these years, the NHL would come to its senses and allow the Rangers and Red Wings to both wear their colored jerseys while playing each other. There is something about the Red and Blue on the ice that would just look so nice; very much like the 2014 Winter Classic.
  • It cannot be stated enough how good of a statistical start Tony DeAngelo is having to this season being as he’s a defenseman. I know there are a lot of takes and data out there to support that Tony is only good in the offensive zone, but 11 Points in 13 games is impressive no matter the context of how those points came to be.
  • Brendan Lemieux riding shotgun with Kakko is…dare I say fun??? I know we ultimately want Kakko playing on a top line with Zibanejad and Panarin, but I like that Lemieux can get in people’s face when people take runs at Kakko.
  • It’s good to see those hands are not just for throwing punches, that was a great spin move by Lemieux to shoot for a rebound and find DeAngelo for the opening goal.
  • Chris Kreider scoring? In this economy? Good for him. A lot has been said of his game, and it is warranted, but he needed that goal.
  • Greg McKegg is never going to come out of the lineup now is he? In all seriousness though, great patience and what a bad goal for Howard to give up.
  • Thank God for a good power play and good penalty killing tonight. This was a special team’s game, but its good to see the Rangers have success with that tonight even with Zibanejad out of the lineup.
  • Detroit is bad, but I’m glad that the Rangers played a full 60 minute game in this one. Trouba’s comments about Ottawa and how they thought it was going to be “easy” was extremely puzzling to hear as a fan of this hockey team. You don’t want to hear your shiny new defensive toy on a 7 year contract say stuff like that when he should be mentoring the young blue liners that come up through the ranks.
  • Game, set, match. Artemi Panarin is also a point per game player!

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  • Good victory against a very bad team. Good to see our former bruiser defenseman Dylan Mciirath back in the NHL. I would rather have him playing defense rather than Staal 7 days a week and twice on Sunday.

  • Great game if one is a Ranger fan. Fox and DeAngelo are fun to watch in how quickly they move the puck and jump in and out of the play during the attack.
    Lundqvist was sound and I believe playing a few less games this season will help keep him fresh and sharper.

    When Zib returns, will Bread stick with Strome? Reuniting Zibanejad with Kreds and Buch would give the Rangers a balance attack.

      • Tony

        He did, but I believe that’s when he lost an edge, and looked like he may have hurt himself. Thank goodness he didn’t……

    • “Is Trouba a franchise defenseman?”

      When your other choices are DeAngelo, Fox, Hajek, Skjei, Staal, or Smith—then yes. Trouba is the best all-around defenseman out of all of them, easily the #1 defenseman on this team. If he’d stayed in Winnipeg he’d have been first-pair there too.

      Rangers’ right defense is looking good. Too bad the left side of the defense is comprised of boat anchors and turnstiles.

  • I watched the game last night, and during it I observed how bad the ice was, and how it impacted the game. The puck seemed to be jumping around all over the place, making passing it a chore.

    The game was a night of special teams for us. Two PP goals, and a short handed one, good job by all. Hank was sharp, and Staal stunk up the place again. Dylan McIlrath gave Lemieux a heck of a check, took a penalty, but it was fun to see the kid play. I wish him nothing but the best, except when he suits ups against us.

    We are watching the kids show improvement game to game, so why did Haley suit up? Oh well, we won that’s all that matters!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Hey Walt, Mcllrath was never given the opportunity to play consistently. He had a devastating knee injury soon after we drafted him # 10 overall. Many felt he was the second coming of Jeff Beukaboom. He has done very well in the AHL. Most likely he last shot to stick with an NHL club. I hope he makes it.

  • The Rangers did what they needed to do last night, beat a bad team, felt they got pass happy again when they had the opportunity …just put the damn puck on the net. Also conceding the blue line again too easily upon the opponent rushing into the zone.

    + Panarin and Strome have good chemistry, I’d like to see Strome slide to the wing when Zib comes back, that line could be lethal.
    + Hank looked solid and calm, I think a close to even time split with Georgie will be good for him this year.
    + Brendan Lemieux is sneaky fast

    + Obligatory “Marc Staal rant”…..He really can’t compete at this age of NHL hockey. He’s usless in the Ozone, shoots the puck like it’s a beach ball. Turtles up every time he’s behind the goal line in the Dzone. Cannot start a rush, skates like he’s got cement in his skates. Im sick of the “blind praise every time he does something “decent”. And the narrative he’s a “good veteran presence”. I’ve seen no proof of that. I’ve never once seen him when they cut to the bench talking to another Dman breaking stuff down etc… You see Krieder, Zib, and plenty of others doing it all the time. Honestly at this point, thank you for your service Marc, but him being in the lineup is not adding anything in my opinion. I respect and appreciate “what he’s done” but we need the mentality “what have you done for me lately” if we are gonna build a contender in the coming years.

    Other than that, let’s beat the jerks tonight!

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